Decolonization vs The Creation of Uncolonizable Spaces: Distractions, Diversions, (Mis-)Diagnoses and the Theory of Aggressive Ideological Mimicry
The relationship between the university and the African community was founded on a racial hierarchy. Since the enforcement of colonial education in Africa, African communities have been at the receiving end of western instructions carried out in foreign languages. At the core of these instructions is the notion of how to be human in the world. As it is known Africans have their own understanding of what it means to be human in the world which is transmitted through the languages of the people. The imposed colonial system has always been in contrast with the African meaning of being human. This meant that the way in which the universities engage with the community is incongruent with how the people know themselves. Language has played a major role in facilitating this incongruence. Universities across Africa seem cognizant of this troublesome reality and there have been an expression of the desire to do better. In this discussion the speakers will help us understand the epistemic role language plays in building meaningful relationship between the university and the community.
Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes, 39 seconds